On the International Relations BA (Hons) at DMU you will learn how to analyse contemporary events in international politics and develop policy responses to them. Lecturers will help you to identify the underlying global forces that shape decisions on crucial issues like the rise of China, the Syrian crisis, climate change and development.
On the Joint Honours route you will study International Relations for 50 per cent of your study time, and for the other 50 per cent you will study modules from the History, Politics or Journalism BA courses.
Reasons to study International Relations (Joint Honours) at DMU:
- Innovative teaching approaches linking theory and practice
such as simulations, engagement with House of Commons committees and the DMU Policy Commission
- A unique learning environment, with the opportunity to participate in real debates, attend conferences and learn from guest speakers
which have included prominent political figures such as the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow
- The only university in the UK to hold both Congress to Campus and European Parliament to Campus
with former members of US Congress and former Members of European Parliament to enhance your study experience
- Join our lively Politics Society with topical debates and well-known guest speakers
which have included David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell in previous years
- Attend talks from practitioners and alumni
to help you develop an understanding of the range of potential careers for International Relations graduates
- DMU is recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
as a result of research and teaching excellence in European studies
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
trips have included Hong Kong, Berlin, Brussels, Washington and New York
- Placement opportunities with local, national and global companies
including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons
Structure and assessment
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught by a team whose work has achieved top scores in quality assessment exercises and by individuals who have National Teaching Fellow Status in recognition of their outstanding teaching. We are also active researchers and share our current work with you.
We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures and seminars in which you discuss the issues raised in lectures. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that are debated. Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and you must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs.
Assessment is through coursework (presentations, seminar contributions, your portfolio, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. You will also be challenged through simulation games, problem solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers. Assessment is typically weighted as follows in the first year of International Relations and Politics BA (Hons):
- Exam: 33%
- Coursework: 67%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.
We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.
We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.
Our students have taken placements with companies including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons.
The course prepares you for senior roles in public and private organisations where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.
The public sector is the UK’s largest employer and one of the most diverse, challenging and exciting sectors in which to work.
There is real demand for managers who understand the implications of austerity, climate change, sustainable development, healthcare and other issues affecting contemporary society.
Graduates also work for political parties and non-governmental organisations like charities and lobbying organisations.